Sporty’s test pilots search high and low for the best pilot supplies available, and when we can’t find a product that meets our stringent standards, we develop one that does. Sporty’s offers a huge selection of flight planning tools, instructional aids, chart accessories and more—the tools you use every day to plan flights, keep the cockpit organized and keep yourself ahead of the airplane. Many are tried-and-true classics that have proven to be effective cockpit resources for years, plus new products that we’ve developed, tested and approved for inclusion in Sporty’s Pilot Shop.Read More
Jun 8, 2015
As pilots, we see some of the best views that the planet has to offer. From breath-taking sunrises and sunsets to mountain ranges and valley fog, there are many views worth capturing and sharing. But that’s only the half of it. First solos, passenger first flights and breakfast runs yield great footage too. Action cameras like the GoPro and Garmin VIRB are designed to record moments just like these; but you already knew that. Once you’ve bought a camera, what’s the best way to utilize all the features they have to offer? Here are my top 10 tips on what you should know so you never miss a moment of the action.Read More
Jun 10, 2015
Visit our booth
Sporty’s 1,600-square foot tent, just in front of Hangar B, is a must-visit for any pilot at Oshkosh. Inside you’ll find product experts, manufacturer’s representatives, flight instructors and fellow general aviation pilots all anxious to answer questions about the merchandise or just talk about airplanes. Visit our headset station to compare models side-by-side, or get your flight training questions answered.
EAA’s annual fly-in/trade show/family reunion - officially called EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - is the highlight of the year for many pilots. Over 10,000 airplanes and hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts descend on KOSH for a week of incredible airshows, new technology demonstrations and great hangar flying. Many pilots have been attending for decades. If you’ve never been to the big show, it should be on your list. While some pilots are intimidated by all the other airplanes and the special procedures, it’s really not that hard. But like most things in aviation, preparation pays off.Read More
We are pilots and test every headset before adding it to our catalog. Every headset we sell has met our or exceeded our high standards.We are proud to offer a wide selection of headsets for every type of pilot. The choices can be over overwhelming, but Sporty's helps to cut through the confusion with buyer's guides, detailed specs, and thousands of customer reviews.Read More
Sep 8, 2015
How this ADS-B receiver is changing the way pilots fly
Stratus is the simple-to-use, pocket-sized, wireless receiver that transforms your iPad into the ultimate flight tool. Get subscription-free weather, GPS information, ADS-B traffic and backup attitude – all integrated with ForeFlight Mobile. The new Stratus 1S and 2S models offer additional features and even better performance, but with the same pilot-friendly design that has made Stratus the best-selling ADS-B receiver in aviation.
More than just another gadget, though, Stratus is helping pilots fly safer and more confidently on every flight. Here are some recent stories from everyday pilots.Read More
Sep 29, 2015
What's the difference between 1090 and 978?
You probably know by now that most airplanes will have to be equipped with ADS-B Out by 2020 in order to meet the FAA mandate. Beyond that basic issue, though, there are still a lot of questions to consider. One of the first is 1090 vs. 978. That is, should you install an ADS-B Out transponder that works on the 1090 MHz frequency (sometimes called 1090ES) or the 978 MHz frequency (sometimes called a 978 UAT)?Read More
Nov 13, 2015
There's been a lot of talk about WAC charts lately. Are they going away? When? Are there replacements? In this article, we explain what's really going on and how you can be ready for the change.Read More
Nov 23, 2015
I’m a modern pilot and I’m a technology enthusiast. Today’s wide availability of aviation gadgets and gear is right up my alley. I fully appreciate and utilize electronics when I’m flying not only because it makes my navigating easier but because I enjoy having the latest tech gear. Merging my love of flying and pursuit of technology has led me to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones, the media’s favorite new buzzword. Drones are the perfect mix of cool technology and flying. I’m not able to go flying every day, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be flying however possible. So what do I need to know before I get a drone?Read More